The Department of Homeland Security has proposed a regulation that intends to establish a fixed period of stay for international students (F status), exchange visitors (J status), representatives of global information media (I status), to increase program’s compliance level and reduce fraud.
According to a statement published by the Department of Homeland Security, if approved, the proposal could remove the duration of the status framework, which currently permits internationals who hold an F, J and I visa to remain in the United States up to the end date of their program, VisaGuideWorld reports.
“This effort would create a fixed period of admission for certain aliens, consistent with most other temporary visa classifications, while still allowing these aliens an opportunity to extend their stay or re-apply for admission where appropriate legally. Amending the relevant regulations is critical in improving program oversight mechanisms; preventing foreign adversaries from exploiting the country’s educational environment; and properly enforcing and strengthening US immigration laws,” Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli pointed out.
Persons included in the F and J category would be accepted into the United States for nearly four years. If persons are subject to a shorter period of authorized stay, to two years, they are not permitted to stay for an approximately four years period.
Internationals coming from countries that are known for high visa overstay rates will be eligible to stay for up to two-years of stay, in order to increase monitoring.
Earlier in April, the Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that was trying to relax the labour shortage in the United States amid the Coronavirus outbreak, by introducing a new rule that enables to temporary change specific H-2A requirements in this way the agricultural employers could hire H-2A workers in the United States.